"The problem isn't the problem. The problem is your attitude toward the problem." That was Jack...Read more
Puerto Varas is located in Chile’s Lake Region, in the southernmiddle part of Chile. Unlike Punta Arenas and its lack of developed industry, Puerto Varas is already a popular place for local (and even some foreign) tourists seeking the great outdoors, but the cost of land and property in Puerto Varas is still reasonable. Puerto Varas is nicknamed the “Germany in Chile.” The city’s architecture is distinctly German, and, carrying the tradition of German rose gardens, the city boasts several beautiful rose gardens (lending another nickname to this culturally rich spot: “City of Roses”). The mountains, the national parks, and, of course, the lakefront of Puerto Varas are the draws for tourists.
Businesses in the realm of outdoor activities (think camping, hiking) or extreme sports (mountain biking, base-jumping, rafting, kayaking) thrive here and would fit into the existing business landscape easily. Given that Puerto Varas is such a hub for visitors, the entrepreneur could look to bringing in hospitality and tourist services, from hotels to restaurants to recreation and tours.
The pure investor has a good, active short-term rental market to work with or could simply sit on this cheap land until someone else took an interest in developing it (which would only be a question of time).
Mexico is still North America... and it can be helpful to remind ourselves of this fact when we think about the big picture of Latin America. What this means in practice is that this country is as close as you can get to being "overseas" while remaining very near the United States and Canada. You can even drive from California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to several of our favorite spots in Mexico. This is a big plus for retirees...Read more